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. showdowns over the debt ceiling and gun control. heather: wendell goler is live for us at the white house. good morning, wendell. why is the president holding a news conference now? >> reporter: well, heather, as john said it is the last week of the president's first term and wants to talk about the issue likely to dominate his second. that is the nation's debt and deficit. we already reached the $16 trillion debt limit set by congress. treasury secretary tim geithner says his accounting tricks and maneuvers can only buy us a couple more months the president wants to call on congress to raise the debt ceiling without drama. he says even the threat, note to raise the debt ceiling could cause a down-tick in the nation's credit rating as it did in 2011. republicans are determined to use that leverage. it may be the only leverage they have to raise the nation's debt ceiling. in the past it has worked to demand spending cuts in exchange for raising the nation's debt ceiling. they intend to do it this time. heather? heather: a lot going on in washington. we hear rumors the president may address
obama on the debt ceiling said he will not negotiate while republicans "hold a gun to the head of the american people." this is "special report." ♪ ♪ >> bret: good evening. i'm bret baier. president obama declares the health of the american people is not a bargaining chip. the president warns against the prospect of what he called republicans holding the economy hostage. over the debt ceiling. it was the primary focus of the last news conference of his first term. we have fox team coverage. seep your political analyst brit hume will have analysis of that event. correspondent shannon bream tells us about another big topic today. gun control. we begin with white house correspondent wendell goler on the partisan tone over the debt. good evening, wendell. >> good evening. >> bret: the party that doesn't control the white house is rarely happy about raising the debt ceiling. >> reporter: recent years a genuine threat not to do so. >> raising the nation's debt ceiling, the president told reporters is a necessity caused by spending in the past. not something to trade with congress
said he will not negoatiate on raising the $16.4 trillion debt ceiling, while house republican leader john boehner is insisting a debt increase would have to be accompanied by spending cuts to programs such as medicare. boehner has promised a vote tomorrow on $51 billion in aid to hurricane sandy vicitms. theres alot up in the air at boeing after a series of leaks and electrical glitches last week involving its latest aircraft, dubbed the 787 dreamliner. the faa will begin reviewing how the airliner is designed, manufacturered and assembled, with particular attention to the miles of electrical wiring used instead of heavier hydrallic systems. in a statement, boeing says "we are never satisfied while there is room for improvement. we welcome this opportunity to conduct this joint review." joe schwieterman of depaul university says it is too early for investors to be worried. "investors get nervous when there are these rollouts and there are problems. if this gets worse, boeing's stock could be affected, but i doubt it will be at this point. but who knows what will be revealed as these
this is according to the white house. he's going to be focusing though on the debt ceiling. that will be his opening statement. now, the president has made repeated calls for congress to raise the limit without strings attached. we'll see how it goes. also likely to be mentioned in today's presidential news conference is the administration's push for gun control. today marked one month since the deadly shooting in newtown, connecticut. but vice president joe biden is expected to deliver his recommendations to the president tomorrow is holding one last meeting today with a dozen house democrats. as the gun control discussion takes center stage on capitol hill, the white house is already saying it will put its full force behind those proposals including what could be the toughest fight, the call to revibe the assault weapons ban. >> assault weapon ban is a tough one because it's hard to define what assault weapon is. and if we're just defining it by what it looks like, that doesn't do much for me. >> you think you have enough on capitol hill to keep an assault weapons ban fro
conference in washington. topic number one, debt ceiling deadline. john harwood is at the white house. lines are drawn, john. >> sue, they were drawn very starkly by the president. he asserted that american people vendcated his approach to deficit reduction in the recently passed election. he said he was willing to negotiate over ways to cut the deficit in the future but he accused house republicans of playing a hostage game with debt limit in the debt ceiling very soon and said he will not participate. >> they will not collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the american economy. the financial well-being of the american people is not leverage to be used. the full faith and credit of the kru united states of america is not a bargaining chip and they better choose quickly because time is running short. >> john boehner put o out a statement right after the news conference trying to stay out of box the president put them in. he said, the house will doity job and pass responsible legislation that droenls spending, meets our nation's obligations and keeps the government running. the questio
we did have the president speaking today making a case for the debt ceiling, but didn't really mention anything that it had to do with up coming spending in 2013. i imagine that was a bit of a point of contention for traders down there today. >> you know, what it really is is we see the story before -- we've seen the story before, now act one of a brand new debt ceiling game. the president didn't wait for the inauguration. he came out and of course what he's going to say is his past bills released the money, that's what should be done. he didn't answer a question in the press conference as to whether or not he has authority to just order that money released which was interesting. but the republicans, they told you on the revenue part of this bill what they were going to do is use the debt ceiling along with the sequester funds to try to reach a compromise where there's more spending. where there's more cuts in spending is what i'm trying to say. so what i thought today was a shot across the bow, i was very surprised the republicans didn't hold another conference to immediately
to see a default as we get closer to the debt ceiling deadline. will this put a limit on what stocks do over the next few weeks? >> i read this weekend another piece that says the social security checks aren't going to come out. they're going to come out, okay? we can go down this path and scare people. but i'm not going there. i remember when i was going to the balk last year and we had the debt ceiling. a woman said, i'm not going to get my social security check. and i said you will. she said, no, i'm not. i feel like, it's incumbent on people to say, look, maybe there's a week -- but when you say social security's not going to come out, we are not a third world -- an emerging third world nation, whatever is political to say. we can really scare people here. our job should not be to scare people. but you can scare people very easily. >> right. on the other side people are citing mutual funds, we talked about this on friday, and thursday of last week as a positive. perhaps you shouldn't, given there were so many inflows to bond funds. the s&p was up nicely last year and the year prior,
, give the weight of what happens if we breech the debt ceiling? social security checks will be late, veterans benefits delayed, troops won't get paid, tax returns held up, interest rates could spike, markets could go hay wooir. it could dip into the recession. deficit would go up. i mean, we're talking about a very punishing thing that will affect american people who had nothing to do with what they're trying to object to or deal with. >> you oo >> you're absolutely right. congress spent that money. they spent it. whether they liked it or not, they were the ones who spent it. but it's more important than that. it's what you point out. the stakes here are really high for the republican party. far be it from you to advise the republican party. but if i did, i would say stay away from shutting the government down. stay away from letting the debt ceiling not be raised because those are things that the american people will hate. they'll hate us defaulting onli blame you for it. they'll hate us shutting the government down. if you want to make a stand, make it in the sequester. the seques
in congress over raising the debt ceiling. the fed coming to the same conclusion that the idea behind the platinum coin was that the treasury would mint a core or coins for precious metal and the value would be based at $1 trillion. the united states is expected to reach its debt limit of $16.4 million last month. >> how many -- >> and it would have created sh -- there's the idea of used the 14th amendment to say that you have to pay your debts. but it would have created huge problems for the democrats as a way of just saying, you can make up any kind of mope. >> no. but a lot of people said if one side is going to play hard ball,ing. >> they would have been tide up in reports forever. >> there is a provision for it. easily done. i wanted one. that's a lottery you want to win, that coin. >> a printing press, right? >> a trillion dollar coin. >> i could never spend that much money. it would be impossible. >> ever see brewster's manage? >> i know of it. >> i don't remember. i remember -- >> why you wouldn't keep it. >> richard pryor was in it. >> very difficult. >> the debt ceiling is s
the debt ceiling about to get a bit more dismal. the white house has no plan b in the debt fight, challenging republicans to allow them to bore row more money or allow the country to default on its loans. 16 trillion in debt. getting higher by the clock. senator mike lee has a vote on this from utah. thank you for coming here. no backup plan according to the white house. in addition the treasury department says there is no plan b. what do you think about that? >> well, that's a problem. too often in washington we're faced between kind of a false choice. we're presented with a choice that says, okay, you either take no cuts at all and raise the debt limit, or you raise the debt limit with the promise of kits that may never transpire and that kind of cut simply won't cut it anymore. hard-working americans deserve better than this and all the programs they rely on are placed in jeopardy by reflexively raising the debt limit without putting in place permanent structural reform. bill: what do you think will happen? sometime about mid-february we start to see you guess something develo
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